About the Book
With over 140 photographic reproductions and commentary by the photographer this book allows one to examine the historical face of 3 great photographic projects.
A Passion For Cities brings together three photographic collections from three major cultural centres of Europe. These cities have played a key role in the cultural and intellectual development of European society and each of them held European prominence at different times. A rich architectural heritage remains as tangible evidence of these epochs. The photographers referenced here were committed to documenting the architectural record in more than a casual manner and left an extraordinary archive created before, or as, this heritage passed to the modern era.
Rephotography involves finding the camera positions of the original photographer as exactly as possible and making contemporary exposures. It allows one to contemplate the original photographic event. Revisiting these sites allowed me to enter more directly into the experience of the originators and to consider how they conceived their approach, what physical realities determined their vantage points and what choices they made.
Features & Details
- Primary Category Arts & Photography Books
Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm
- Publish Date Nov 22, 2009
- Keywords Urban Studies, Architectural Photography, rephotography, Brogi, Alinari, Atget, Sudek, Albumen, History, Architecture, Photography, Florenz, Firenze, Florence, Pařiš, Paris, Praga, Praha, Prague, Topographic, Cities, Culture
Peter Sramek has been a photographic artist since 1970 and has taught at the Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto since 1976. His work incorporates photography, digital imaging, handbinding and video installation with a focus on black and white photography which explores the medium's ability to record and represent history and cultural heritage. Sramek graduated from MIT in Cambridge, where he studied under Minor White. In 1979, he helped found Gallery44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, an artist-run centre and photographic workspace in Toronto. He has exhibited widely and is included in collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, the National Library of Canada, MOMA(NYC), the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Toronto Archives, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Allan Chasanoff Collection of Artist's Books (Yale University). Sramek's artist-designed books are published and made available under the title, Book°Sequence Projects.